Meet the Faculty and Staff

Melissa“The faculty’s combination of real-world experience with great teaching techniques forces the class to think through a problem from start to finish. Never before have I been so motivated to learn.”

Melissa Polverini Townshend, AMP ’04
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World Class Faculty

All courses in the Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering are taught by outstanding faculty from the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment and the Darden Graduate School of Business, the same faculty who teach in UVa’s full-time residential graduate programs. Professors in the Accelerated Master’s Program are experts at clearly synthesizing information and engaging students in learning. AMP faculty are active in leading-edge research and bring these new ideas into the classroom. Learn more about our outstanding faculty members by following the links below and watching short interviews on the AMP Videos page.

Peter A. Beling
Professor and Associate Chair for Research, Department of Engineering Systems and Environment
Applied Optimization, Financial Engineering

Laura Barnes
Associate Professor of Systems Engineering
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

Gregory J. Gerling
Associate Professor of Systems Engineering
Applied Human Factors Engineering

Stephen D. Patek
Professor of Systems Engineering
Applied Probabilistic Modeling

William T. Scherer
Professor and Associate Chair for Academic Programs, Department of Engineering Systems and Environment
Founder and Director of the Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering
Introduction to Systems Engineering, Financial Engineering

After many years team teaching with Prof. Yacov Haimes, Dr. Kenneth Crowther now takes the lead in teaching SYS 6050 Risk Analysis. Additional Systems Engineering faculty who present seminars or teach in the elective track include James Lark, financial systems, Garrick Louis, sustainable systems and public policy, and Mike Smith, multiple topics.

Robert M. Conroy
J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr. Professor of Business Administration
Coordinator for Selected Topics in Systems Engineering – Management in Engineering, Corporate Finance

Additional Darden faculty members who often teach in the Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering elective track or present seminars include Gregory Fairchild, entrepreneurship, Marc Modica, bargaining and negotiating, Michael Albert, business decision analysis and data science, and Andrew Wicks, ethics.

Staff Who Go The Extra Mile

The Accelerated Master’s Program is built around the idea that learning takes place best in a conducive environment that is free from distractions. AMP staff are committed to providing an optimal learning experience by planning for smooth logistics, communicating frequently, and relieving students of as many non-academic issues as possible. We work with our colleagues to handle course registration, facilitate student interactions with UVa student financial services, deliver your books and software to you, and even order your caps and gowns for Final Exercises. Program staff assist students through the entire application and enrollment process and throughout the AMP year to make sure you are ready to go when classes begin and on a path to successful completion of the Program. Our support and connection continue after you earn your degree as we keep you informed about alumni networking events and outstanding professional opportunities.

Elizabeth D. Harrison
AMP Program Manager

Ryan P. Sherman
AMP Administrative Generalist

Thomas S. Brett
AMP Veterans Coordinator

Great Graduate Teaching Assistants

In addition to outstanding full-time faculty members who provide primary instruction on AMP courses, students have access to Graduate Teaching Assistants who do much more than grade papers. AMP GTAs, who are advanced Master’s students or Ph.D. candidates, are an integral part of the academic program. They hold weekly online and in-person study sessions that AMP students attend to get additional insight into material covered in the classroom, to get help with individual and group assignments, and to obtain feedback on work they have submitted for grading. AMP GTAs attend all AMP classes so they hear what students hear and are available to respond to questions during breakout sessions and during breaks. AMP GTAs appreciate the opportunity to interact with working professionals and find that they learn from AMP students while they help AMP students learn.

Valerie Michel
Program Assistant and GTA for Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design, Selected Topics in Systems Engineering, & Risk Analysis

Sadegh Eghdami
GTA for Applied Probabilistic Modeling

Cheng Wang
GTA for Applied Optimization and Reinforcement Learning

Chang Xu
GTA for Applied Human Factors Engineering

Moeen Mostafavi
GTA for Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

Faraz Dadgostari
Student Support GTA, GTA for Data Mining and Business Analytics